CRANFORD - 2019 is here and Cranford has a new mayor, Patrick Giblin.
After two years at the helm, Thomas Hannen Jr. has stepped aside and Giblin was sworn in at Wednesday's Reorganization Meeting. Mayors in Cranford are not directly elected by the voters but chosen from among the committee members.
Though no longer mayor, Hannen will remain on the Township Committee as a Commissioner and Ann Dooley will remain as Deputy Mayor.
In his first speech as Mayor, Giblin thanked everybody in attendance and his family for being so supportive. He mentioned that it is vital that Cranford continues to push on Congress and Senators with projects such as flood control and other items that require federal funding. He also said that he and the Township Committee will stay on top of NJ Transit to restore the midtown direct line to New York that has been taken away.
In closing, Giblin stressed that he and the Township Committee welcome comments and concerns from the residents, and to not hesitate to send an email or ask to speak to any of the Committee Members if you see them around town.
Bernie Wagenblast of Cranford Radio interviewed Giblin following the meeting to get his thoughts on what he's looking forward to in 2019 and his priorities. You can listen to the interview below.